There’s little doubt that Pat Narduzzi has been looking to extend the recruiting map for his football program.
In the last couple of years, the Panthers have had success recruiting in Georgia and South Carolina. This current recruiting class has seen Pitt and Randy Bates offer an unprecedented number of recruits in Texas.
More evidence of the Panthers attempting to expand their recruiting blueprint came Wednesday when they offered a quarterback from California.
Class of 2021 three-star quarterback Chayden Peery (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) from Chatsworth, California found out from Mark Whipple that his latest Power 5 offer came from Pitt.
As PSN found out in our conversation this afternoon, although the offer came Wednesday, Peery and Pitt have been in communication for awhile now.
“Pitt recently got Joey Yellen, who’s a Southern California kid, so that might have moved their focus a bit to the West Coast,” Peery told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach Whipple was the coach that called me. We had a good conversation about how he recruits and how he runs his offense. He told me about the way he’s recruited in the past and some of the recruits he’s gotten before.
“It was good to get the offer because they’ve been talking to me for a while, pretty much since December. I’ve probably talked to Coach Salem 3-4 times a week since then and Coach Whipple checked in every now and then and would have me call him and we’d talk or he’d send me a message. So to finally get the offer was pretty exciting.”
Pitt joins programs such as Arizona State, Boston College, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Central Michigan who have offered Peery and although getting offered by Power 5 programs isn’t something new to him, Peery is glad to add the Panthers to his growing list and already has a family connection to the program.
“For me it’s a big deal because one my dad’s childhood friends actually played at Pitt (Ryan Hansen 1998-99), so it’s cool to get that offer and possibly be able to have a connection with him like that way. I’m sure he’s going to be in my ear all the time now about Pitt,” said Peery.
Considering the statistics he put up during his junior season, it’s not a surprise Peery is receiving this sort of attention. How about these season statistics: 3,401 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and only 1 interception.
Go check me out!! Back to back CIF Southern Section and Regional Champs! 1 interception all season!!🤘🏼🤘🏼https://t.co/ZKvtgO5X03
— Chayden Peery (@peery661) December 16, 2019
“I take a lot of pride in my toughness and those traits that you can’t see on a highlight tape,” said Peery. “When you see my tape, you’ll see that I make some nice throws but I believe when coaches get to talk and get to really know me, I think that’s the thing that pushes them to make me an offer. I’m not the 6’5″ or 6’6″ quarterback that throws the ball 90 yards but my accuracy, toughness and ability to read the field and make good decisions really sets me apart.”
Peery told PSN that location of a school won’t impact his decision and he’s not necessarily looking to play for a place close to home. In fact, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Peery was scheduled to make unofficial visits to both Louisville and Georgia Tech this week.
Peery becomes the 8th quarterback in the Class of 2021 to receive an offer from Pitt joining Kyle McCord (committed Ohio State), Christian Veilleux, Aaron McLaughlin, Colten Gauthier (committed to South Carolina), Hampton Fay, Emmett Morehead, Caleb Williams and Kyron Drones.